a long way with this yacht." Has he ever. Still very vigorous at age 74, Perkins has owned at least four more LATITUDE/RICHARD
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Spread; 'Maltese Falcon' in all her glory. Above; From the main stairway, you can look up through three decks to the top of the main mast.
membered when Perkins was just out of school in the late '50s, didn't have much money, and lived in an apartment on Buckley Avenue in Sausalito. "He had a
33-ft International One-Design near my 8-Meter Scandia," says Wibroe. 'That's a nice little boat you have,' I kidded him. We soon became friends. But he's come
sailboats after the IOD. He bought the famous 1939 Rhodes 48 Copperhead for offshore sailing in Northern California, then the 141-ft Perini Navi Andromeda La Dea and later the 154-ft Perini Navi Andromeda for cruising around the world. At the same time he owned the big Perinis, he campaigned the 1916 Nat Herreshoff 135-ft gaff-schooner Mariette in classic regattas in the Med, in the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic. Well known in the classic yacht circuit for his superb sense of style, Perkins also restored the 122-ft classic motoryacht Atlantide, which he still owns. But none of these yachts can compare with the dazzling Falcon, a yacht which had a bit of history before she was even launched. The steel hull was built about a dozen years ago for a Perini Navi client who eventually backed out, so it just sat. About five years later, Perkins happened to be cruising around Turkey with his daughter aboard Andromeda, and decided to stop by the yard. That's the first time he saw the hull, which was intended to have gotten a staysail schooner rig. Not needing to own a fourth large yacht, Perkins nonetheless thought the 289-ft hull could be made into a terrific vessel for the right owner. Through Perini, he'd become friends with one of the biggest names in international media, and suggested that he buy it. Perkins even had a name and a purpose for the boat â€” she could be called Atlantic Cloud, and could go after many
The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.